February 23, 2010

First Look: Mama Pho Vietnamese

Go inside new restaurant housed in former McDonald's on South Grand. Read Ian Froeb's column here: "Hankering for the comforts of Pho? Come to Mama!" Photos by Jennifer Silverberg.
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The Com Tam Dac Biet is a Mama Pho special. It is a pork chop served with a fried tofu sheet, wrapped shrimp cake, sunny-side egg, egg pork cake and fish sauce. Like all the rice plates, it's served with Jasmine broken rice.
The Com Tam Dac Biet is a Mama Pho special. It is a pork chop served with a fried tofu sheet, wrapped shrimp cake, sunny-side egg, egg pork cake and fish sauce. Like all the rice plates, it's served with Jasmine broken rice.
The Banh Mi Thit Nguoi is a grilled pork sandwich on French bread. Shown here with the Ca Phe Sua Da, otherwise known as a Vietnamese iced coffee, which is espresso with sweetened condensed milk.
The Banh Mi Thit Nguoi is a grilled pork sandwich on French bread. Shown here with the Ca Phe Sua Da, otherwise known as a Vietnamese iced coffee, which is espresso with sweetened condensed milk.
The Mama Pho Dac Biet is a Mama Pho specialty soup that comes with eye of round, well-done flank, beef tenderloin, beef tripe and beef meatball as well as the accompanying plate with basil, cilantro, tomato, cucumber, chili, limes, sprouts and shown here with the curls of banana flower.
The Mama Pho Dac Biet is a Mama Pho specialty soup that comes with eye of round, well-done flank, beef tenderloin, beef tripe and beef meatball as well as the accompanying plate with basil, cilantro, tomato, cucumber, chili, limes, sprouts and shown here with the curls of banana flower.
The well-lit Mama Pho on South Grand was formerly a McDonald’s.
The well-lit Mama Pho on South Grand was formerly a McDonald’s.
Mama Pho owners, from left to right: Vincent Huynh, Loi Lam and Richard Ly. Both Vincent and Loi came to St Louis from Chicago five months ago to open Mama Pho.
Mama Pho owners, from left to right: Vincent Huynh, Loi Lam and Richard Ly. Both Vincent and Loi came to St Louis from Chicago five months ago to open Mama Pho.
Another spring roll appetizer is Bo Bia. This type is made with jicama root, Chinese sausage and peanuts. It too is served with the plum sauce with peanuts and carrots.
Another spring roll appetizer is Bo Bia. This type is made with jicama root, Chinese sausage and peanuts. It too is served with the plum sauce with peanuts and carrots.
This dish is called Bun Dac Biet, which is a rice noodle dish with grilled slices of pork, tofu sheet shrimp and egg roll. It is the topped with green onions, fried red onions and peanuts and is served with fish sauce.
This dish is called Bun Dac Biet, which is a rice noodle dish with grilled slices of pork, tofu sheet shrimp and egg roll. It is the topped with green onions, fried red onions and peanuts and is served with fish sauce.
All three owners have extensive restaurant experience, although this is the first time the trio has worked together. Pho Mama has been open since November 1, 2009.
All three owners have extensive restaurant experience, although this is the first time the trio has worked together. Pho Mama has been open since November 1, 2009.
All smoothies are made fresh to order. These avocados will become part of a delicious drink!
All smoothies are made fresh to order. These avocados will become part of a delicious drink!
One of the wok fried noodle items is the Mi Xao Gion. It is a pan-fried crispy egg noodle stir fry, shown here with seafood.
One of the wok fried noodle items is the Mi Xao Gion. It is a pan-fried crispy egg noodle stir fry, shown here with seafood.